Dr. Amy Merrill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Southern California. Her lab studies craniofacial development and disease. Dr. Merrill uses mouse and avian models to examine how disease-associated genetic variants impact development of skeletal tissues such as cartilage, bone, tendon, and ligament. The craniofacial skeleton supports complex functions and shape of the face. The goal of these studies, therefore, is to reveal the basis of craniofacial differences in congenital skeletal diseases.